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Carol Gluck

George Sansom Professor of History; Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures
School of the Arts
East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, History Department
912 International Affairs Bulding
  • Chair of the Committee on Global Thought
  • Professor of Modern Japanese History
  • Member, Committee on Global Thought
  • Member, Weatherhead East Asian Institute
  • Vice-chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Paris
  • Member, Global Columbia Faculty Committee
  • Member, University Forum on Global Columbia

Carol Gluck is the George Sansom Professor of History. She holds the B.A
degree from Wellesley College, the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia
University, and also studied at the Universities of Munich and Tokyo. She
was Visiting Professor of History at Harvard University (1991), at the
Institute of Social Science, Tokyo University (1993), and Ecole des Hautes
Etudes en Science Sociales (1995, 1998); also, Visiting Research Associate
at the Faculty of Law, Tokyo University in 1978-9, 1985-6, 1992; Fellow at
the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in
1999-2000, and Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton,

Her field is the history of modern Japan from the mid-nineteenth century to
the present, with writings in political history, international relations,
20th-century global history, World War II, history-writing and public
memory in Japan and the West.  At Columbia she has taught undergraduates,
graduate students, and students in SIPA since 1975.

Honors and awards include the Cleveringa Professorship, University of
Leiden, 2014-15; the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon,
awarded by the Government of Japan in April, 2006; election to the American
Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the
Fulbright 50th Anniversary Distinguished Scholar Award, the John King
Fairbank Prize of the American Historical Association, the Lionel Trilling
Award of Columbia University (both for "Japan's Modern Myths"); the Mark
van Doren Award and Great Teacher Award for teaching, Columbia; the Faculty
Mentoring Award, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia; the
Alumnae Achievement Award, Wellesley College; Distinguished Lectureships of
the Association for Asian Studies and the Japan Society for the Promotion
of Science; Distinguished Visitor in the Program in U.S.-Japan Relations,
Harvard University.

She was president of the Association for Asian Studies, 1996-97, and a
member of the Board, 1995-99.  She served a seven-year term as a
presidential appointee to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission,
1995-2002.  She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the
Japan Society, Co-chair of the Trustees Emeriti of the Asia Society, member
of the Board of Directors of the Weatherhead Foundation, elected Councillor
of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, member of the Council on
Foreign Relations; moderator at the Aspen Institute in the U.S. and
Germany. She is the recipient of Ford Foundation, Fulbright, Japan
Foundation, and other grants.

Her books include Japan's Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period
(Princeton, 1985); Showa: The Japan of Hirohito, Gluck and Graubard, W.W.
Norton, 1992),  Asia in Western and World History, Embree and Gluck (M.E.
Sharpe, 1997), Toward Autonomy in US-Japan Relations [in Japanese], with
Wada Haruki and Kang Sangjung (Fujiwara shoten, 2003); Sources of Japanese
Tradition, Vol. 2, de Bary, Gluck and Tiedemann (Columbia, 2005); Rekishi
de kangaeru [Thinking about History], a volume of her scholarly essays in
Japanese (Iwanami, 2007); Words in Motion, ed., Gluck and Tsing (Duke
University Press, 2009); Thinking with the Past: Japan and Modern History
(University of California Press, 2015; Past Obsessions: World War Two in
History and Memory (Columbia University Press, in press).

She lectures widely in the US and abroad and writes for the Japanese press,
for years as a regular columnist for Newsweek Japan.  She is active in
efforts to improve the teaching of Asia and history in the schools,
including a $2-million project on Expanding East Asian Studies in
undergraduate education.

She currently directs the international research project on "The Politics
of Memory in Global Context," under the Committee on Global Thought and the
Columbia Global Policy Institute

Selected Global Activity
The Politics of Memory in Global Context

Selected Research Locations
Paris, Istanbul, Tokyo, Seoul, Amsterdam, Santiago

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